I could listen to Jamie Robinson of MotGeo talk about bikes all day long. (I have a similar man crush on Guy Martin, but that’s another post). This bike, the Ducati Scrambler is the one that I’ve been the most excited to hear about. Watch the video for the full specs.
I currently ride a Triumph Scrambler and love it. I love street bikes that have some mild off road capability. They are fantastic around the city and give a feeling of freedom that I don’t get on other bikes.
My insight … what’s Triumph going to do? While I have a bias towards the Brits, they are facing new challenges in markets they had been owning. MV and Yamaha fired at the 675 Triples. The Panigale 899 is likely cross shopped with the Daytona 675 more than any other bike. Now the Italians are firing at the Scrambler, a class with one bike right now.
On forums, there’s always been a call for the whole Bonneville series to lose weight and add power. I agree. The Triumph is a hundred pounds heavier and down by early 20 horsepower. That’s massive. I’d like to see Triumph drop about 50 lbs and get the motor up into the high 60s in horsepower and add a 6th gear since it would be able to pull it then.
But maybe not, I’d cross-shop these, but right now, I’d still pick the Triumph for the looks.
I’m not a fan of group rides. Three to five close friends is the most comfortable group size for me. This ride was different.
I wore a charcoal suit, white shirt, red argyle socks, and Doc Marten’s wingtips. The ride to the ride was surreal. I’m used to being ignored or abhorred by car drivers. Riding around in a suit changes that. Waves, smiles, thumbs up … all manner of accolades.
The dress of the other riders varied, but in spirit with the ride. Suits, steampunk-esque goggles, tweed blazers, selvedge jeans. It was great and varied. Just like Kansas City.
Also like Kansas City, we were inclusive. The official rules are somewhat limiting on what type of bike is allowed. This group, eschewed those rules to good end. We raised a good bit of money and the people one the “wrong” bikes were there in the “right” spirit. I did not take part last year due to the rules and not having the “right” bike.
The route started at Coffee Girls in Waldo and headed out to Blue River Road. That’s not populous, but it’s a damned good road to ride on. From there, we headed into the heart of the city as we made our way North to end up at Grinder’s in the heart of the Crossroads.
This week I’m going WAY back to 2009. I loaded up my BMW and headed down to Arkansas to enjoy the winding roads and the vastness of nature.
The beauty of the landscape gets ruined by people with no care or reverence. You can be looking at a beautiful bluff with green grass and trees and on the other side of the road is a yard filled with trash. I understand poverty, but I don’t understand giving up like that. It’s nothing but a little labor to tidy up a yard and being that the people were on their porch drinking beers during the middle of the days suggests that they’ve got some time to spare.
The trip, though short, was great. I went alone. I made it. I had some close calls with riding while too tired or too hungry. My tent failed. My fires were lackluster.
The rain never appeared. But I was ready. At least as ready as I could be.
I no longer believe claims of being waterproof. I see it as less wet. Despite the materials and construction, these pieces have let me down. Tent seam sealer has been used to sure up the weak areas, but I never expect to stay dry.
I do expect that when I take the time to put this on the clouds will hold onto their moisture. If I don’t they’ll release and I’ll ride home in wet jeans.
The weather in Kansas City has turned mild. The heat, rain, and humidity are taking a well deserved break. The riding is spectacular.
The daylight doesn’t as long and the first scents of autumn fill my nose. As does the associated allergy driven congestion. The sniffles don’t detract from the feeling of ripping through cool air on two wheels.
Most users of Nvidia graphics cards prefer to use the drivers provided by Nvidia. These more fully support the capabilities of the card when compared to the nouveau driver that is included with the distribution. These are the steps to install the Nvidia driver and disable the nouveau driver.